HP 88780 tape loading questions
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Fri Jan 20 16:10:26 CST 2006
On 1/20/2006 at 3:41 PM John Foust wrote:
>I tried the Overland Data 5622 I bought; it seems to have big troubles.
>On power-up, "Alert" blinks and it won't load - none of the buttons work.
In my experience, the Overland drives are poorly made with rather fragile
plastic parts. Take a look at the inside of the plastic front panel with
the buttons. Each button has a tiny molded plastic pin that contacts the
PCB switch. Often, these get broken off.
Also, most Overland drives have a "door open" optical sensor and a door
lock solenoid. If the sensor gets unplugged or otherwise messed up
(usually by a plastic interrupter fin molded into the door being broken
off), you won't get anywhere.
I like drives like the Fuji 24444--no nonsense about auto-threading and
built like a battleship.
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